Monday 22 may 2017

The coastal town of Loch Sport is set to benefit from a redevelopment of Lake Victoria foreshore, backed by a $175,000 grant from the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing announced the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund grant today and said it would help preserve and improve Loch Sport foreshore from Charlie’s Street to Cliff Street.

Loch Sport is a popular tourist destination located along 90 Mile Beach and on the Gippsland Lakes. The upgrades to the foreshore will significantly improve the visitor experience, which will encourage tourists to stay longer and spend more time and money in the local businesses.

The upgrades include:

  • a new contemporary design community barbecue shelter to replace the existing facility
  • major upgrades to the existing playground, which will elevate the play space from a local to district level
  • new pathways to link the different spaces together
  • new park furniture
  • new way-finding signage
  • public art installation
  • landscaping and revegetation

In addition to the benefits the upgrades are projected to have on the local economy, the improved foreshore will also provide locals with a better range of public spaces to spend time in.

Wellington Shire Council will deliver the project, which has been a priority for the council for a number of years. Council engaged with local community groups to ensure the redevelopment plan incorporated their priorities for infrastructure improvements.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing

“The foreshore is a key recreational and community gathering space in Loch Sport. The project will not only improve the liveability for residents, but will provide added incentive for visitors to spend time in this beautiful part of Gippsland.”

“Through our Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, we are investing in projects right across the state that help make regional Victoria a better place to live, visit and do business.”